hepatitis C virus ribonucleic acid
Pronunciation: hep-a-ti'tis vi'rus re-bo-nu-kle'ik as'id
Definition: HCV is an RNA virus that can be directly detected in human blood using either a qualitative or quantitative assay. Qualitative assays are sensitive to low levels of viral replication with a lower limit of detection of 100 copies/mL. Quantitative assays estimate the number of viral particles in the blood with a variable dynamic range.
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